Metropolis In the literature of Science Fiction there is no an underappreciated and ignored piece of writing than Thea Von Harbou s magnificent Metropolis The book a novelization of the screenplay the author w

  • Title: Metropolis
  • Author: Thea von Harbou Eddie Vega
  • ISBN: 9781491215296
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the literature of Science Fiction, there is no an underappreciated and ignored piece of writing than Thea Von Harbou s magnificent Metropolis The book, a novelization of the screenplay the author wrote for her husband Fritz Lang s film masterpiece of the same name, was a clever marketing move since the sales of one would drive the sales of the other Yet the two eIn the literature of Science Fiction, there is no an underappreciated and ignored piece of writing than Thea Von Harbou s magnificent Metropolis The book, a novelization of the screenplay the author wrote for her husband Fritz Lang s film masterpiece of the same name, was a clever marketing move since the sales of one would drive the sales of the other Yet the two existed as independent works of art That proved true only too briefly.Something happened soon after the film premiered The film studio made drastic and clumsy cuts that made the plot impossible to follow Censors, exhibitors and distributors further slashed the film to under 90 minutes from it s original length of 153 minutes Consequently the film s reputation for unprecedented spectacle and imagination was forged by it s transcendent and timeless visual beauty And Von Harbou s novel was largely dismissed as an informational bridge between the film s original storyline ans the multiple butchered versions Unfortunately, that has been the way the book has been shelved for most of it s publishing history But the book has a life and a shelf of it s own If the film had never come to be made, this book would still offer a fascinating and emotionally powerful reading experience We see the stark thematic contrasts between light and dark, God and Satan, the saintly Maria and the demonic Rotwang, the conflicts between starry dreams and manual labor, between steamy pump rooms and airplanes ferrying through bright high rise avenues We also see romantic love and it s mechanical counterfeits, a fictional aspect of the novel that has become eerily true in the age of technosexual robots.The novel has always stood on it s own as a work of art, a work of romantic notions and hard experience, exploring the limits of thinking or clubbing our way out of life s most horrific challenges The novel offers a possible resolution The mediator between brain and muscle must be the heart Words that ring eternally true From the preface by Eddie Vega

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      Thea Gabriele von Harbou was a prolific German author and screenwriter, best known today for writing the screenplay of the silent film epic Metropolis 1927 She published over forty books, including novels, children s books, and collections of short stories, essays, poems, and novellas.For the German film industry, she wrote or collaborated on than seventy screenplays in the silent and sound era At one time, she was the highest paid screenwriter in Germany.She married three times first to actor Rudolph Klein Rogge, who played leading roles in many of her films, second to film director Fritz Lang, and third to Indian journalist and patriot Ayi Tendulkar She had no children of her own.In spite of her extraordinary success in the male dominated film industry, she was no feminist Her biographer Reinhold Keiner confirms, She herself was a pretty explicit opponent of that flow, in which the women open up areas in which they do not belong, and they close the areas where they could be queens However, she lived the life of a career woman, and the women in her novels and films are usually strong willed, self sacrificing women called upon to rescue and redeem the men in their lives.Thea showed an interest in writing from an early age and sold her first short story at the age of nine and her first novel at the age of fifteen.Against her family s wishes, she enrolled in the School of Performing Arts at the D sseldorf Playhouse when she was seventeen, and for the next six years she pursued a successful career as a stage actor while she continued to publish stories and novels Her last repertory season was at the State Theatre in Aachen, where Rudolph Klein Rogge was the leading man and director In August 1914, they married, and she turned her attention full time to writing.In 1919, director producer Joe May hired her to collaborate on the screenplay of her story The Legend of St Simplicity as a vehicle for his actor wife Mia May That film s success then led May to hire her to collaborate with Fritz Lang on an epic adaptation of her 1918 novel The Indian Tomb, which May directed That collaboration with Lang initiated a thirteen year creative partnership that produced some of the best known films of the Weimar cinema, including Dr Mabuse, The Nibelungen, Metropolis, Woman in the Moon, and the early sound film M Murderers Among Us.She and Lang divorced in 1933, but she continued to work in the German film industry Some of her noteworthy sound films include her superb 1937 adaptation of von Kleist s comedy The Broken Jug Der zerbrochene Krug , the 1938 suspense film Covered Tracks Verwehte Spuren , and the 1941 sentimental drama Annelie.In 1941, she joined the Nazi party to gain political leverage to aid the cause of Indians working to overturn British rule in India After the war, the British then interned her in the Staum l prison camp, where she was de Nazified and cleared of any anti Semitic activities She was allowed to return to the film industry in 1948.Following her appearance as a guest speaker at a Berlin film festival in 1954, she was injured in a fall and died two days later.

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    • 3.5*Dieses Buch ist kein Gegenwartsbild. Dieses Buch ist kein Zukunftsbild. Dieses Buch spielt nirgendwo. Dieses Buch dient keiner Tendenz, keiner Klasse, keiner Partei. Dieses Buch ist ein Geschehen, das sich um eine Erkenntnis rankt: Mittler zwischen Hirn und Händen muß das Herz sein. —Thea von HarbouTranslation: This book is not of today. This book is not of the future. It tells of no place. It serves no cause, class or party. This book is a story which grows on the understanding that: "T [...]

    • Er sehnte sich danach, die Steine, an die er die Stirn lehnte, in grenzenloser Zärtlichkeit zu küssen. Gott - Gott! Schlug ihm das Herz in der Brust, und jeder Herzschlag war anbetende Dankbarkeit. Er sah das Mädchen und sah es nicht. Holdselige, formte sein Mund. Meine! Geliebte! Wie konnte die Welt bestehen, als du noch nicht warst? Wie muss das Lächeln Gottes gewesen sein, als er dich schuf? Du sprichst? Was sprichst du? Das Herz schreit in mir - ich kann deine Worte nicht fassen Habe Ge [...]

    • I suggest the book Metropolis as an interesting supplement to the great silent movie. As a sci-fi novel in its own right, however, it’s horrible. Much of it involves characters telling each other about major events that happened off-screen. Rarely does the reader get to tag along with the action unless a Fredersen is right there, and often not even then. There’s actually a chapter in which Freder tells Josaphat about when his friend Jan told Freder about Futura’s debute into society. Neste [...]

    • Absolutely loved the book as much as I loved the movie. The language is a bit strange though, there are no dialogues and the atmosphere is stifling at times due to an overdose of exalted phrases. The characters are bombastic, everything they say or do is filled with great passion adjacent to madness. I almost had a feeling that I'm reading a script for a theatre piece. Theatre actors are usually exaggerating every single movement or word so do the characters of Metropolis.I haven't read more ori [...]

    • Thea von Harbou is best known today as the wife of the great film director Fritz Lang and his close collaborator on most of his early German masterpieces. She not only co-wrote the scripts, she also turned several of them into novels, including perhaps the most famous of all, Metropolis.She had in fact written several novels prior to her marriage to Lang and had been an actress as well. While Lang left Germany in the early 30s von Harbou remained and her career in the wartime German film industr [...]

    • Admito que cuando decidí leer este libro lo hice con cierto temor. Aunque no he visto (aún) la película de Fritz Lang me imaginé que el libro sería pesado, arduo de leer y que, quizás, no lo acabaría.Nada más errado. Es uno de los mejores libros que he leído este año.Pese a que usa una prosa bastante grandilocuente, Thea Von Harbou (esposa de Lang), nos mete de lleno en este mundo futurista (según lo imaginó en al década del 20); en donde dos clases sociales totalmente opuestas vive [...]

    • Metropolis is one of my all-time favorite movies. Reading this helped me appreciate the depth of what Lang was portraying in that movie. The story is mostly the same: the main difference is a deeper look at the characters and their motivations, since the novel offers more dialog and introspection than a silent movie's intertitles. Definitely worth reading if you like the film.

    • I have to say I really enjoyed this book, although the heavy-handed language took some getting used to. I mainly like it because it does fill in the gaps left by big chunks of the movie being cut out and lost. There is a lot more to the relationship between Frederson and Rotwang and Hel than we see in the movie. There is a very interesting scene between Frederson and his old mother, showing that he had become so distanced from other people's needs that even she did not understand him anymore. Th [...]

    • 2015 Reading Challenge:A Book With A One-Word Title, A Book Written By A Female Author, A Book Originally Written In A Different Language-------------------I'm having a tough time trying to figure out whether I really liked this book, or if I thought it was "just okay". On one hand, there is some really powerful imagery here, and I now have a much clearer idea of these characters' motives, Rotwang and Fredersen in particular. Fritz Lang's silent film, while a grand and magnificent spectacle, has [...]

    • Well, that was good.The use of personification, repetition, and vivid, vivid imagery make this quite an enjoyable read.The repetition is like a coda, drilling into the reader the motifs, such as the blue linen of the workers, with the black caps pressed hard against the hair, and the hard soled shoes.An interesting thought, is that although it is nearly exactly the same plot as the movie, it's a totally different story then I remember. Could be me growing up.Some issues; the end is somewhat anti [...]

    • books in translation can be a problem. Something doesn't quite work, is it the author, the translator, the editor, idomatic thought that doesn't translate well, culture that doesn't translate well?In Metropolis, just read and enjoy, make notes, look things up later, then think about it.You have to look things up to understand them. e.g. yoshiwara is Old Japan's red light district. In Japan there is a difference between "water trade" which is merely to entice and get riled up, and prostitution. T [...]

    • I haven’t seen the 1927 Fritz Lang movie based on this novel – a movie which is by all accounts a significant landmark of early cinema – but it’s not hard to see why the novel inspired Lang. It’s a parable of modernity, a tempest, operatic and kinetic, full of religious iconography and Biblical visions. It’s also full of stuff that I generally approve of in fiction, such as future cities, robots, pleasure palaces, mad scientists, appalling horror, heroic struggles against authoritari [...]

    • Unfortunately the lack of an image does not give this book justice, its in fact a large format (over A4) with generous illustrations. this is the first reason why I gave it 4 stars since I agree with the other comments on this books that the use of English is sometimes a little hard going and they do like to labour the point. The other reason why I hold this book in high esteem is the film itself. I cannot help but think of the film fondly since I saw it years ago on VHS (it has subsequently bee [...]

    • Another book enjoyed on the iPhone, albeit with many errors in the transcription. Thea von Harbou's life story is so interesting, what with her being an actress and a writer on the side who eventually joined up with the Nazis and died as a cleaning lady, shunned for her Nazi ties. Her novelized Metropolis is deliciously dark and well written.

    • Fritz Lang's Metropolis is one of the best-known and controversial of the German silent films. Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, wrote both the screenplay for the movie, and more or less simultaneously, this "novelization". The basic plot of both film and novel is this: a high-technology city, Metropolis, built and owned by Joh Fredersen, is divided between the rich oligarchs living in the high towers and the exploited workers living under the ground level. Fredersen's only son, Freder, falls in lov [...]

    • When looking for novels that I have already seen the movie, I was excited to see Metropolis. I enjoy watching older movies and silent films are rather interesting in their limited words but needing to explain the plot. I have several silent films on my list; another 1925 silent movie "The Wind" by Dorothy Scarborough which was a terrific read for those interested. With both silent films the novel has much more and "The Wind" was more terrifying and different feel at points but Metropolis was fai [...]

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    • Beautiful writing and good story, but I just felt that I was missing something. Was it an allegory? Was something lost in translation?

    • Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell. That was, without a doubt, the most histrionic, melodramatic, hysterical and portentous piece of writing that I've ever read. when turned into celluloid it became wonderful. Without sound, Fritz Lang used this tale to create images like thisIt really was the literary equivalent of the heightened acting and direction of what was (and still is) a groundbreaking and extraordinary piece of cinema. Unfortunately, it doesn't really work in print and I found myself laughing rather [...]

    • I first saw Metropolis at the age of 15 thanks to my Literature Teacher. She made an extracurricular course in the History of Movies, and Metropolis was the first movie of the course. At that time, I remember being completely flabbergasted by the aestethic of the movie, the special effects obtained through cuts and juxtaposition, and the unbelievable richness in detail. Today, if you ask me about my Top 10 of Best Movies of All Time, you can be sure that I would mention Metropolis.I am warning y [...]

    • This is a strange book. The writing is a disjointed, nightmarish dreamlike narration. It wasn't until more than halfway through that I finally started to feel a sense of story, and even then it was hard to follow. But it does work up to a big climax.The Kindle version I read, by Internet Archive, was poorly proofed - so bad that I think it was not proofread at all after being scanned from print to ebook. Here is a sentence that was fairly typical throughout the book: Ahlbrow to brow with herthen [...]

    • -Obra revolucionaria en varios sentidos.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Freder, hijo del amo y señor de la ciclópea ciudad de Metrópolis Joh Fredersen, escapa de la vigilancia de su guardián y guardaespaldas Slim haciéndose pasar por el obrero 11811 y desencadena una serie imprevisible de acontecimientos en la ciudad. Novela escrita por la autora a partir del guión de la película homónima, escrito a medias por el director Fritz Lang y su esposa, la propia Thea (con discusi [...]

    • No color in this novel from which Fritz Lang adapted his amazing film. Black eyes and white flames. Maria's lips were red. The workmen's uniforms were blue. I think the sky was brown once. The descriptions of the robot (alternately referred to as Parody or the Futura) interested me; a slinky crystal being with transparent skin. I guess it's science fiction. It was awful existential. I mean truly awful. The dialogue was impossible. "FrederFreder" The more I think about it the more generous I thin [...]

    • I haven't watched the film yet, even if I wanted to (heresy!) and then I got this book as a gift and decided to check it first. Oh boy was it a ride. Even if the first quarter was a bit tedious to read, after that the action amplified. Even if the writing style is so early 20th century (big descriptions in multiple paragraphs instead of just using names e.g. lone son of Jon Fredersen instead of just "Freder" used three times in in three consecutive paragraphs) there were some scenes so strong an [...]

    • Este es un libro que toca muchos temas interesantes dentro de un ambiente futurista predispuesto al pesimismo. Para involucrarnos mejor en la obra situémonos en la década de los 1920 en Alemania. El principal problema es la lucha de clases entre obreros y poderosos, la clase trabajadora ha sido marginada a vivir en el subsuelo, mientras que los poderosos son quienes disfrutan de la superficie del planeta. La clase obrera es retratada como un fuerza bruta y ciega doblegada ahora mediante enorme [...]

    • Lasciamo perdere i dilemmi morali, per una volta. Sicuramente questo romanzo è ben scritto e significativo. Nelle ultime pagine riesce anche ad affrontare situazioni patetiche senza cadere nel sentimentalismo. Eppure, tutto ciò che vi è raccontato è così irreale da sembrare quasi un esercizio di stile. Lo sarebbe, se non considerassimo il periodo in cui è stato scritto, ma questo romanzo è sintomo della sua epoca e degli stravolgimenti che stava vivendo. Purtroppo, questo è proprio il mo [...]

    • Metropolis is definitely not a modern science fiction novel. It is written in the romantic style of late 19th and early 20th stories. It is poetic and expressionist. The author paints in broad strokes the conflict between dehumanizing industry and passionate spirituality. Her primary tools are melodramatic dialogue and religious allusions.I wanted to enjoy this novel more than I did. Unfortunately, I found the melodrama frustrating and the conclusion unsatisfying. I do not recommend Metropolis t [...]

    • I'm not sure what to think about this book. It was at times confusing and at times engrossing. There was a lot of action in this short book. I'm not sure if I remember all of it! I think it will help me to understand the movie better anyway. The author was either brilliant or insane!

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